You got rid of the weird fonts, so I'll answer you.
In point of fact, what we would consider a "battle axe" was used in Japan.
Very, very, very, rare.
As javeman has pointed out above a naginata seemed to be a more popular choice for the samurai.
Possibly due to a nagainata being a better all around weapon for the method of war in Japan. Greater reach and ability to thrust etc.
Don't really know why but the battle axe never really seems to have caught on.
The book "Secrets of the Samurai" (Ratti and Westbrook) has a line drawing based upon a photo of one.
As well as some info about it.
It was called an "ono" or "ona" or something like that.
Best I can do off the top of my head.
[This message has been edited by cxt (edited 08-27-2004).]